You undoubtedly know that, when you are expecting a child, you are entitled to maternity allowance. But what exactly do you need to know about the granting of this allowance?
The birth of a child is a special moment. However, for some this event can also be a bit frightening. How can you welcome your baby in the best possible circumstances and give him or her everything he or she needs from the very first moment? In Belgium, parents are entitled to a birth grant, also known as the maternity fee, to help them with this. This allowance can be used to furnish the baby's room, buy nappies or clothes, or even just to put aside in a child's account. In this article you will find all the information you need to make your application without any problems.
The maternity money is paid out 2 months before the birth.
You can apply for the maternity allowance from the moment you are pregnant. You will then receive the maternity allowance at the earliest two months before the estimated delivery date.
The doctor's certificate you must send us may not be a certificate from the first five months of your pregnancy.
You do not have a doctor's certificate yet? Send us your request anyway! We will remind you to send us the certificate.
You have up to five years after the birth to apply for the maternity allowance.
Every (future) parent living in Brussels can apply for the maternity allowance.
You can easily apply for the maternity fee by filling in an online application form. Send us the completed form by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also submit a request via our online form on the homepage or the top of this page.
As a parent, you are entitled to the monthly child benefit from the first day of the month following the day of birth.
Every (future) parent living on the territory of the Brussels-Capital Region can claim maternity money.
It is up to the (future) mother to submit the application for maternity money. The amount is then granted to her. In case of co-maternity, the allowance is granted to the mother carrying the child.
In Brussels the amount paid varies; for a first child you receive a higher amount. In addition, these amounts will be raised as a result of the indexation of all child benefits on 1 March 2022. Here is a table to help you find out exactly how much you are entitled to:
Amount 01/01/2020 to 29/02/2020
Amount from 01/05/2022 until new index period
Maternity fee for 1st child or for each child of a multiple birth
Maternity money for subsequent children
In order to be valid, you must submit your request in the sixth month of your pregnancy at the earliest. The allowance will then be paid at the earliest 2 months before the expected date of birth.
Please note that all child benefit funds have legally determined payment dates; these are identical in all funds. It is therefore possible that the payment will not be made exactly 2 months before the expected date of birth, but rather on the payment date that is closest to the deadline of 2 months before the date of birth.
Have you submitted your application after the 2-month period before the planned date of birth? Then the payment will be made on the next payment date after your request has been processed.
Once you have submitted your application for a birth grant, you no longer need to take any action with your child benefit fund. Your file has been opened, we automatically receive the information about the birth of your child through the municipal administration.
Child benefit is paid to the child's mother. If it concerns parents of the same sex, we automatically grant the child benefit to the oldest parent.
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Your first and most important step? The start of your medical follow-up. Make an appointment with your gynaecologist as soon as possible. Your midwife or doctor can also schedule your first ultrasound.